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Fines issued for 3 cases of nursing home neglect and abuse

Residents in Pennsylvania nursing homes are entitled to appropriate care. Sadly, many instances come to light in which neglect and abuse take place in some of these facilities. A nursing home in another state was recently fined more than $52,000 after investigations into three cases of nursing home neglect.

The difference between nursing home neglect and abuse

The number of elderly residents in Pennsylvania nursing homes that suffer neglect is alarming. Nursing home abuse is a form of neglect; however, there is a distinct difference between the two. While caregivers typically commit abuse with the intention to cause harm, nursing home neglect is the provision of substandard care. The patient suffers harm due to the breach of duty rather than intent to injure.

Nursing home neglect lawsuit follows premature death

As the loved ones of Pennsylvania residents age, the so called golden years could become a time of suffering for some. Having to place a parent or grandparent who needs constant care in a nursing home is a difficult decision, particularly when nursing home neglect and abuse appear to be increasingly common. A lawsuit was recently filed in another state, alleging such neglect.

Nursing home neglect deemed cause of businessman's death

Robert Frankel, a well-known Pennsylvania businessman, died in a nursing home in Pittsburgh on Sept. 17. He was the father of Dan Frankel, a member of the state House of Representatives. At the time, the medical examiner declared the cause of death to be accidental asphyxiation caused by the compression of the 89-year-old man's neck. However, the Health Department ultimately concluded that nursing home neglect was to blame.

Nursing home neglect claims may soon have to go to arbitration

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is reviewing proposed changes to regulations related to the handling of complaints about nursing homes nationwide, including in Pennsylvania. New regulations may see claims of nursing home neglect or abuse going to arbitration and not to a court. While nursing homes say this will be less time consuming and costly than litigation in a court, victims of neglect may be worse off.

Nursing home neglect prevalent nationwide, including Pennsylvania

Recent media reports about residents of nursing homes who were up to their waists in water as they were sitting in their wheel chairs during the devastation of Hurricane Harvey underscored the vulnerability of seniors in facilities nationwide, even in Pennsylvania. The truth is that even when there are no adverse weather conditions, nursing home neglect is far too common. The inspector general for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recently issued an alert that called for action to be taken urgently.

Tell-tale signs of a loved one suffering nursing home neglect

When an elderly person is subjected to mistreatment of any nature in a facility that has a legal obligation to render protection and care, it is known as institutional elder abuse. Another term used to describe such an atrocity is nursing home neglect, something that is far too prevalent nationwide, including in Pennsylvania. People with loved ones in nursing homes may want to look out for any signs of abuse or neglect in order to put an immediate stop to it.

Life-threatening infections could mean nursing home neglect

The miracles of modern medicine help many Pennsylvania residents live longer than at any other time in the state's history. As a result, a larger number of the population ends up needing long-term care from their families, assisted living centers or nursing homes. This means that the potential for nursing home neglect may only continue to rise as well, and it may come from a variety of sources.

Get the facts to report nursing home neglect or abuse

Finding the appropriate place for an elderly loved one to receive care in his or her twilight years can be a daunting task. Pennsylvania residents may discover the disturbing truth that neglect and/or abuse is reported in one out of every three nursing homes. This makes many families vigilant in looking for signs of nursing home neglect or abuse.

The disconcerting existence of nursing home neglect

No matter how careful you may be in choosing a place here in Pennsylvania where your elderly loved one can receive much needed care, no guarantee exists that appropriate care will be given. Sadly, nursing home neglect is not new. Far too many families discover that the loved ones they entrusted to a nursing home ended up harmed.

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